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circular file

A jocular term for a trashcan or waste basket, i.e., a receptacle for unwanted files. You have to make your application really stand out if you don't want it to end up in the employer's circular file.
See also: circular, file

circular firing squad

A group, usually a political party, that is allied against a common enemy or opponent but whose internal disagreements and attacks end up doing more damage to each other than to their target. The lead up to the presidential nomination saw the party devolve into a circular firing squad, as each candidate's vociferous bid to unseat the incumbent president ended up creating huge divisions and disarray within the party itself.
See also: circular, firing, squad

no hawkers, no circulars

A sign placed outside homes and businesses to discourage unwelcome solicitation, often by mail. We have a plaque outside that says "No hawkers, no circulars," and yet we still get all this junk mail shoved in our front door.
See also: circular, no
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circular file

and round file
n. a wastebasket. (see also file thirteen.) Most of the junk mail sits here until I can put it into the circular file. Oh, that letter? It went straight to the round file.
See also: circular, file
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the Lorw, couits concluded that the Treasury/IRS did riot have the authority to, regulate heretofore unlicensed preparers under Circular 230 because return preparation did not constitute "practice" under Circular 230, as "practice" only meant "representing' a taxpayer in a matter before the IRS and that rciutti preparation was just that: prTaration for the client's submission of a return that did not involve uetutti preparation.
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Moving towards a more circular economy is a logical proposition.
Education Minister Maszlee Malik today denied banning Opposition lawmakers from visiting schools, pinning it instead on a 10-year-old circular that required them to secure prior permission from the state directors.
Francis Moriasi has challenged a circular issued by the AG directing state corporations to seek approval from his office before hiring outside lawyers.
Karachi -- President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister, Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said circular debts have clutched the national economy; with increase of Rs.